By Mary J. DiMeglio
MANCHESTER, Tennessee — Pusha T proved he’s a very G.O.O.D. signee at Bonnaroo on Thursday night, taking every opportunity to rep his label and get hip-hop fans fired up to see his boss, Kanye West — who’ll headline Friday night (June 13), six years after a 2008 appearance that left him “the maddest I ever will be.”
Amid all the anticipation for Kanye’s return to the fest, Pusha drew a huge crowd that streamed into the tent early to snag a spot and began chanting his name with 20 minutes still to go until his scheduled set time.
After coming out strong with a few of his own tracks, it was time to let the G.O.O.D. love flow.
“This started three years ago for me; I was on the [Kanye] album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, This was the first record we did out there,” Push explained, before launching into “So Appalled.”
Kanye’s voice playing over the speakers, the medley continued with “Runaway,” “Mercy” (from G.O.O.D. Music’s Cruel Summer compilation) and Chief Keef’s “I Don’t Like (Remix).”
“I want to take this time to thank everyone who’s supporting this G.O.O.D. Music movement,” Pusha shared. “Let’s be clear: G.O.O.D. Music makes the hottest records in hip-hop.”
Executive produced by West, Pusha’s My Name Is My Name was one of 2013’s top hip-hop releases. He performed almost every track from the album Thursday night, including “Hold On,” “Pain,” “40 Acres,” “Nosetalgia,” “Sweet Serenade” and “Numbers on the Boards.”
King Push represented his 2013 Wrath of Caine mixtape with “Millions,” “Blocka” and “Trust You,” and he went back to 2011’s Fear of God II: Let Us Pray for “Trouble On My Mind.”
Prayers were answered when Pusha — announcing “We wanna take this sh– back to where it all began” — remembered his roots, closing the set with the 2002 Clipse jam “Grindin.”
There’s a good chance Bonnaroo will be seeing more of Pusha T too: ’Ye is a huge supporter of Push of course, and will likely be pulling out all the stops Friday night to make amends for his 2008 debacle.